General Writing

Write What You Know?

When you’re advised to “write what you know,” it’s not so much an absolute rule as a word of caution. Whether you’re crafting the copy for an ad or writing a short story, it’s crucial to have self-awareness when using the voice of characters who come from a background quite different than yours.

This funny Onion advice column from a couple of years back highlights the point beautifully: Ask An Elderly Black Woman As Depicted By A Sophomore Creative Writing Major.

Look over what you’ve written. Have others look it over. Does it sound authentic? Or is it, beyond all hope, cringeworthy and fake?

– Hila

Are you using credible Internet sources in your writing?

Abe Lincoln's advice :)

The Internet contains a wealth of information on virtually every topic. Whether or not that information is accurate is another matter.

You may be searching for different sources to improve the credibility of your business website or strengthen a point you’re making in an article. How can you increase your chances of using credible Internet sources?

The following are some points to consider:

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Website promotion: How to comment on blogs without sounding like a spambot

Imagine you’re at a cocktail party, and you spot someone you’d love to talk to. This person is a future collaborator, client, employer, mentor or friend. You want to leave a good impression on them.

So what’s your next move? Do you:

A) Walk up to them, throw your business card in their face, and walk away?
B) Walk up to them, say, “Hi, you’re an interesting person,” throw your business card in their face, and walk away?
C) Wait for them to look away before slipping your business card into their pants pocket or purse?
D) Pick the right moment to approach them, politely introduce yourself, and participate meaningfully and respectfully in any public discussion they’re currently having?

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7 ways to make your writing less stiff and unnatural

Is your writing mechanical and stiff? Does it resemble the Tin Man, trying to speak through rusted jaws?

It doesn’t matter if you’re writing an informal post for your blog or an article explaining complex technical concepts. What you write needs to flow and have vitality. The following are seven ways to make your writing less stiff and unnatural.

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